In-draft nuggets: Toronto having tough night; Bell Centre fans get rowdy

June, 26, 2009

MONTREAL -- Interesting to see the Los Angeles Kings draft Brayden Schenn. Here's a team already stacked on the blue line with Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Thomas Hickey, Kyle Quincey and Matt Greene.

But I think it tells you more than ever that Johnson, a restricted free agent come Wednesday, is very much on the trade block. Keep an eye on that.

Meanwhile, a tough night for the Maple Leafs so far. They wanted to move up (they couldn't) and they wanted to draft Schenn (and they didn't).

From Scott Burnside:
When the Phoenix Coyotes were announced as the sixth pick in the draft a brief chant of "Hamilton, Hamilton, Hamilton" went up at one end of the Bell Centre. The Coyotes, of course, are in a life-and-death struggle to stay alive in Phoenix while Canadian BlackBerry mogul Jim Balsillie is determined to move the team to Hamilton, Ontario.

The chant was interesting given that, in general, folks in Quebec are not all that enamored with their cousins across the Ontario border.

The yells continued a few minutes later before the Maple Leafs' first-round pick, when you heard the crowd chant, "1967"! That was the last time Toronto won the Stanley Cup.

We also heard a voice from the crowd yell early in the draft, "Make a move Bob." So far, nothing yet from Montreal GM Bob Gainey and the host Habs.

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer




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